Breakdown: Offense

The Red Raiders kickoff their season on Monday against SMU and most analysts are projecting a lot of offensive fireworks from both teams. RaiderPower has broken down both offenses and lets you know which team has the advantage at each position. Although the Red Raiders have more overall talent than the Mustangs, SMU has the players to field a very competitive team.

QUARTERBACK
Advantage: Texas Tech
The edge here goes to Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell.  Graham threw for 4,555 yards last season and is now back for his junior campaign.  He has progressed a long way during the off-season, especially with his decision making and the ability to get rid of the ball quickly.

Sophomore SMU QB Justin Willis is also a very efficient young signal caller.  Willis struggled last season in his first career start against Texas Tech, going 9-16 for only 69 yards.  From that point on though, he continued to grow as a QB and turned into a very reliable and accurate signal caller.  He finished the 2006 campaign with 2047 yards, 26 TD's, and only 6 interceptions.

Although Harrell is overall the better QB, Willis will impress those who watch the game.
 
RUNNING BACK
Advantage: Texas Tech
Shannon Woods returns for his 2nd season in the Air Raid offense, but not without a little off-season controversy.  Woods was relegated to 3rd string because Mike Leach didn't feel he was going 100%.  Woods has turned it around and had a very good Fall camp and was recently named the starter for SMU.  

Coach Leach did mention that he expects Woods and backup RB Kobey Lewis to split reps, but if one player gets hot they will see more playing time.

SMU running back DeMyron Martin left Mustang fans scratching their heads.  After a tremendous freshman season in 2005 where he ran for 854 yards and 9 scores, he only managed 369 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2006.

The Texas Tech defensive line is young and inexperienced, and SMU will need to exploit this if they want to pull off the upset.

 
WIDE RECEIVER
Advantage: Texas Tech

The Red Raiders lost three great receivers in Joel Filani, Jarrett Hicks, and Robert Johnson, but that doesn't even compare to what SMU is dealing with.

The Mustangs are replacing 5 of their top 6 receivers from last season, which will be a monumental task.  They do have a budding star in 6'1, 180 pound sophomore wideout Emmanuel Sanders, but after that there isn't much proven talent on board.

Although Tech lost 3 big time playmakers, they return the solid Danny Amendola at Y, two receivers with game experience in Eric Morris at H and LA Reed at X, and superstar in the making Michael Crabtree at Z.
 

OFFENSIVE LINE
Advantage: SMU
The advantage here has to go to SMU.  The Mustangs return 4 starters from last season and go 2-deep without using freshmen.  They have 2 very solid seniors in OT Ben Poynter and OG Caleb Peveto who provide the leadership for their veteran offensive line.

The Red Raiders, on the other hand, lost 4 starters from last year's rock solid offensive line.  The lone returnee is Louis Vasquez, who will be anchoring the left side of the line along with Texas Tech's strongest player Rylan Reed.
 

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